26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad, India
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
10
Rome, Italy
— 7 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Hyderabad, India

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cinili Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, don't miss a visit to Hippodrome, then enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker tool.

Hyderabad, India to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Hyderabad in February, expect nights in Istanbul to be a bit cooler, around 11°C, while days are colder, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria). On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Budapest trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Budapest by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Budapest is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Istanbul in February: highs in Budapest hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then examine the collection at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Rathaus. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, then see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Vienna road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Vienna are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then stroll around Kampa Park, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Petrinska rozhledna. On your second day here, wander the streets of Lesser Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague attractions planning app.

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. March in Prague sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 7th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Royal Palace Amsterdam, browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House, then walk around Vondelpark, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam road trip planning site.

You can fly from Prague to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, walk around St. James's Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, and finally steep yourself in history at Houses of Parliament. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, then don't miss a visit to Big Ben, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read London itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Amsterdam to London in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to London due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in London are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then make a trip to Champs-Elysees, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planning site.

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In March in Paris, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 13th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Museu Colecao Berardo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then make a trip to Belém Tower, then make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and finally don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Paris to Lisbon by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Paris to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then walk around Parc Guell.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. In March in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

7
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, get engrossed in the history at Musei Capitolini, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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